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Blood And Sand

Published 1922
Topics silent, drama

Features Rudolph Valentino in Ibanez's classic romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. This is a digest version, part of the "Silents Please" tv series, has a musical score and narration.

You can find more information regarding about the full version of this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 26:06
Producer Fred Niblo, Jesse L. Lasky
Production Company Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2013
Subject: Original Version is 80 mins.

Good sound and print of this 26 minute, digested, 1970s narrated version of the original 80 minute 1922 film.

Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance. ~Written by Ed Sutton at

Blood and Sand is a 1922 American silent drama film produced by Paramount Pictures, directed by Fred Niblo and starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, and Nita Naldi.

The film was based on the Spanish 1909 novel Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena) by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez.

Rosa Rosanova - Angustias
Leo White - Antonio
Rosita Marstini - Encarnacion
Rudolph Valentino - Juan Gallardo(billed Rodolph Valentino)
Lila Lee - Carmen
Charles Belcher - Don Joselito
Fred Becker - Don Jose
George Field - El Nacional
Jack Winn - Potaje
Harry Lamont - Puntillero
Gilbert Clayton - Garabato
Walter Long - Plumitas
Nita Naldi - Doña Sol
George Periolat - Marquis of Guevera
Sidney De Gray - Dr. Ruiz

The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and Paramount Pictures, and distributed by Paramount. June Mathis, who has been credited as discovering Valentino, adapted the novel for the screen.

Dorothy Arzner worked as the film's editor. Arnzer, who would later become one of the first female film directors, used stock footage of bullfights filmed in Madrid interspersed with close-ups of Valentino. Her work on the film helped to solidify her reputation of being a resourceful editor as her techniques also saved Paramount money. She would later say that working on the film was the "first waymark to my claim to a little recognition as an individual."

Blood and Sand was parodied by Stan Laurel in Mud and Sand (1922). In the film, Laurel portrays a character named Rhubarb Vaselino (Available here on IA). Will Rogers also parodied Blood and Sand in the Hal Roach short film Big Moments From Little Pictures (1924).

Rudolph Valentino wanted George Fitzmaurice to direct this film, but the studio forced him to work with the less highly regarded Fred Niblo instead.

According to author James Kirkwood, Jr., whose mother Lila Lee played Carmen in "Blood and Sand," Rudolph Valentino liked to eat traditional Italian foods, heavily spiced with garlic. Therefore Lee asked that her love scenes with Valentino be shot in the morning so she wouldn't have to deal with his garlic breath after lunch.

Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova hoped to have the film shot in Spain, but the studio ultimately elected to shoot the whole film on the backlot in Hollywood.

Blood and Sand premiered at the Rialto Theater in Los Angeles on August 22, 1922. The film was a box office hit and was one of the top grossing films of 1922. The film (along with The Sheik and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) helped to establish Rudolph Valentino as a star and was one of the most successful films of his career.
Reviewer: I Am Gen X - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2011
Subject: Thank you!
I adore this movie, thanks so much for uploading it. Valentino has such charisma, especially in this movie, and he and Nita Naldi have amazing chemistry.
Reviewer: sciwriter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2007
Subject: Which did he love more--the bull or the woman?
I suppose attacking a bull was a neat way for a guy to prove his masculinity to a woman.
Please show the complete cLassic movie: "Four horsemen of the apocolypse" starring Rudolf Valentino.
BTW what happened to the Valentino classic film: "The Eagle" on Internet Archive?
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